Six-game suspension suggests multiple violations for Von Miller

AP

On the Von Miller suspension front, the news is even worse than expected for the Denver Broncos, as Miller appears to be facing a six-game suspension, rather than the four-game suspension that was reported last month.

The news also suggests that Miller and the league are engaged in a negotiation to find some middle ground between the ordinary substance-abuse suspensions of four games (for a first suspension) or a full year (for a second suspension). If the NFL intends to suspend Miller for more than four games, then the NFL must be contending that Miller did something more than just the violation that triggered the initial reports of a four-game suspension.

Previous reports indicated that Miller was in the process of appealing the ordinary four-game suspension, but according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Miller is actually probably going to be suspended for at least six games.

So why would the previously reported four-game suspension now be bumped up to six games? One possibility is that there has been some other violation since word leaked out last month about Miller facing a four-game suspension.

Another possibility is that Miller’s violations were an attempt to cheat the league’s drug-testing system. For instance, Miller’s former teammate D.J. Williams was suspended six games last year after the league said he twice provided a substance other than human urine for his drug tests, then was seen attempting to pour something from a bottle hidden in his waist band into his urine sample. A report surfaced in late July that Miller had never actually tested positive for anything, but as Williams found out, you can be suspended for six games without testing positive for anything if the league thinks you tried to cheat the system.

Word surfaced last week that Miller had been arrested, but it seems highly unlikely that the suspension has anything to do with that: Miller’s arrest was for a failure to appear in court on a traffic violation, and that’s not the type of thing that gets players suspended for a first offense of the personal-conduct policy.

The NFL and Miller have been mum about what Miller actually did to violate the league’s substance-abuse policy. But it appears that the NFL is accusing Miller of going beyond the ordinary substance-abuse violations that typically trigger a four-game suspension.

64 responses to “Six-game suspension suggests multiple violations for Von Miller

  1. Middle ground my butt; why should the league have to settle for any kind of “middle ground” agreement if they’ve got the goods on this guy?
    I recommend a 211 game suspension.
    Just like ARod.

  2. Next thing you know he will be retired, studying holistic medicine, at the California College of Ayurveda.

  3. If the pass rush can’t get to Flacco, he’ll light you up, no matter how old and/or crappy his targets are (excluding Smith and Rice).

  4. There are too many unknowns. There is too much secrecy regarding the CBA. Did he test positive or not? Did he miss a test?

    All this does is allowed the ” Know it Alls” to speculate and leave ridiculous comments.

    Tell us what exactly happened?

  5. I’m glad that Denver chose Von Miller over Marcell Dareus. If they hadn’t, then he would have fallen to Buffalo. Yes, great player, but massive baggage. A player is not worth much if he can’t make it on the field.

  6. “The NFL and Miller have been mum about what Miller actually did to violate the league’s substance-abuse policy.”

    Well considering the entire process is supposed to confidential, isn’t that what both parties should be doing.

  7. Champ Bailey hurt, Welker ailing, Elvis gone because of paperwork – and now this.

    I sure hope Peyton Manning’s arm is ready, he’s gonna be coming from behind in a boatload of games this season.

  8. I dunno he was facing four games before he got arrested for giving the American justice system the finger so maybe they tacked on 2 games for not straightening out while on appeal.

  9. He hired me to pee for him but at 137 and Caucasian they just weren’t buying it. I tried hard too, dark glasses and a mustache but those guys were sharp.

  10. “Champ Bailey hurt, Welker ailing, Elvis gone because of paperwork – and now this.

    I sure hope Peyton Manning’s arm is ready, he’s gonna be coming from behind in a boatload of games this season.”

    They’ll still sweep their division and win 11+ games

  11. just gotta roll on. The Ravens sucked it up last year until the last half. they got healthy and hot. Hoisted that Lombardi in the end. Its any teams season. Von is stupid for risking it. If he messed up he’ll pay for it. So will I..lol..But the season is long and we have a great offense.

  12. R Goodell: Von, the good news is that you passed your drug test. The bad news, according to this, you’re pregnant.

    V Miller: Uh, ok, thanks Roger..

    R Goodell: Von, get back in here. I may be dumb but I’m not stupid. Take 6 and call me in late October.

  13. Why isn’t anything besides a negative test treated as a failure. If you try and cheat or circumvent the test, it should be an automatic failure. If he did that twice, they should suspend him for 20 games.

  14. broncsfan72 says:Aug 19, 2013 12:42 PM

    just gotta roll on. The Ravens sucked it up last year until the last half. they got healthy and hot. Hoisted that Lombardi in the end. Its any teams season. Von is stupid for risking it. If he messed up he’ll pay for it. So will I..lol..But the season is long and we have a great offense.
    __________________________________
    The Ravens faltered in the second half of last season, not the first. They went into their bye week 6-2.The defense gave up late leads against Pittsburgh and the Slurskins at the end of the season when they lost 4 of their last 5 games.

  15. Hey, if several of the front office were arrested for DUIs, whats a few Doobies among the players?

  16. The more vehemently a player argues the suspension the more convinced I’m he is lying like a rug. Thanks Braun(MLB) and Armstong(A Freaking bike pedelar).

  17. This is obviously more serious than we thought.
    2, 4, or 6 games could certainly negatively impact the Broncos season. But this would appear to mean that Miller is 1 misstep away from a full year suspension, and that is a huge problem for him and the Broncos.

  18. Is it too late to trade Peyton for whatever you can get, tank the season and if Brock’s not the future then draft a QB next year?

    I mean it seems to me like Denver’s doing everything they can to waste what’s left of Peyton’s career. After the epic failure last year, I don’t see him getting that close to another SB again. Especially not this year with all of the stuff that’s happened. Injuries, suspensions, the Dumerville fiasco.

    Better to start the rebuilding now when next year’s QB class is good, rather than keep going one and done in the playoffs for a few years then bottoming out when Peyton retires and hope that the next QB is any good.

  19. He prefers Molly not that weed stuff, anyway i am sure some Bronco fans are still convinced that this suspension wont happen. Its happening alright just have to come to terms with it.

  20. After Ryan Braun and Lance Armstrong, no player/agent vehement denial can be trusted. I also laugh that Miller tried to appeal the 4 games but got more. That’s the way it should be. You get caught cheating, take it like a man. If you appeal and lie again, you get more. That’s why baseball should give A-Roid an additional 2 years after the appeal. What a crock that he’s still allowed to play.

  21. Shame, I thought he was going to be a really good player. He’ll probably just be Shawne Merriman 2.0

  22. Boy my buddy John must pulling his hair out which he can’t loose!!! Now he understands what Mr Davis went through! Got to be tuff!!! Let him fulfill his suspension and move til Raiders come to town!

  23. I guess Elway didn’t hit a home run after all in his first draft. Perhaps his Scouting Department buddies were out drinking with Miller and didn’t bother to do a thorough investigation of Miller’s college partying record.

  24. kindbass says:
    Aug 19, 2013 1:24 PM
    Shame, I thought he was going to be a really good player. He’ll probably just be Shawne Merriman 2.0

    Merriman was just a roided up meat head.. von-is just a druggie pothead that is all.

  25. I said long before training camps started that Denver would be one of this season’s disappointments. With Miller’s suspension and the injury to Champ Bailey does anyone want to doubt me?

  26. Not a Denver fan, but give the guy a break. He has to face his suspension and hopefully learn from it. Every team (including mine) has players who screw up. Let them move on wait to see if they are repeat offenders before your crucify them.

  27. This was the team that was going to win multiple Super Bowls because they were going to put Peyton Manning together on a defensive loaded team with Dumervil and Miller.

    Guess you can throw that idea out the window.

    Nice job Elway. Might as well hit the mini-bar with your friends in the executive suite. It’s probably going to be a long year.

  28. Why should the league negotiate terms with him? That one guy on the Redskins got 4 games for taking an over the counter supplement from GNC, because it wasn’t on the NFL’s “pre-approved” list and it gave him a reading.

    So Miller will get only 2 more games for willingly try to cheat vs. guys who just “make a mistake.”

    I thought Goddell was supposed to be some sort of hard-a$$ cop. Hard only with some people I guess…

  29. The chickens just did a face palm and furrowed their eyebrows. “Oh, no, now he’s going to be hanging around here for the next three months, prodding and poking us.”.

  30. Broncos lost dumerville, now their best defensive player is a certified cheater. Without roids, von miller won’t be the same presence on the field. Denver really has no defense next year. Darn fax machine.

    Baltimore and NE are the teams to beat in the AFC.

  31. EJ says: Aug 19, 2013 12:17 PM

    I’m glad that Denver chose Von Miller over Marcell Dareus. If they hadn’t, then he would have fallen to Buffalo. Yes, great player, but massive baggage. A player is not worth much if he can’t make it on the field.
    ———————————-
    I’m glad about that too. Because Dareus sucks.

  32. thegronk87 says:

    “…Baltimore and NE are the teams to beat in the AFC.”

    LOL You keep telling yourself that, Skippy, and maybe eventually you’ll actually believe it!

  33. I stand corrected. The point is that it’s anyone’s season. The question is whose? I still like Denver’s chances. Its three weeks from the opener so there’s healing time. If Von gets suspended it will suck but theres some superstars waiting to make their mark. Its a seventeen week season. It’s ok!!!

  34. We will see how the bronco experiment will work out over the long run. I think the Dumerville fax snafu will hurt more than everyone wants to admit. I also think the cap strapped Ravens will regret signing him also in 2-3 years especially when Torrey Smith comes calling for his next deal which is not going to be cheap.

    I understand trying to frantically load your team for Mannings twilight years, but now with no Von, Elvis and an aging and clearly showing age Champ Bailey and depending on Wes at 32 could get ugly quick

  35. truthfactory says: Aug 19, 2013 1:08 PM

    Hey Von, there is a coach up in NE that can help you get away w/ cheating

    Leave it to a two year old to bring the Patriots into an unrelated story. SMH Kids these days

  36. Hey, Von remains innocent until proven…. (Ahem)… ah, nevermind. I couldn’t get that out with a straight face.

  37. Why does everyone here think that Von Miller is the only reason the Broncos went 13-3 last year? Why do they think that Dumervil was the only one that tackled anybody last year? He was non-existent in the playoff loss last year.. Denver will win with our without Miller and Dumervil in the lineup this year… I see a couple of beasts in Inhenacho and Nate Irving.. They will step it up until Miller returns.. In the meantime.. Peyton will be making other teams play catch up every game.. Oh.. And Joetoronto can K my A…

  38. Merriman was kind of obvious, but miller really fooled me I thought this young man could really play. Shame. He was the only person I seen beat Kevin zeitler for a sack last year. But now I feel better about my teams right guard. The only man to beat him was a CHEATER!

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